Otjozondjupa regional officer vacant position causes mayhem



The filling of the position of regional officer for Otjozondjupa has caused mayhem which has seen regional councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu writing to the office of the prime minister asking for an investigation.


Kandorozu has held hostage the regional council’s chairperson Julius Neumbo and the deputy director for human resources for holding the whole recruitment process for the position in private.


In the letter to Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Kandorozu expressed dissatisfaction saying they were never provided with a list of all applicants who applied for the position as well as that of shortlisted candidates.


He also said no information was given his office with regards the disqualification of other applicants adding that they were left in the dark with regards to all the information related to the recruitment cycle for the position.


“When council requested for all this information from our human resource, we were informed by the deputy director of human resources and the chairperson that all the applicants had been summoned by the permanent secretary’s office of our line ministry for shortlisting and interview process.”


“Council is greatly aggrieved by this situation as we were left in the dark with no explanation, as this goes against the regional council Act which clearly states what role the council needs to play with regards to the recruitment of the chief regional officer,” said Kandorozu.


Amadhila’s phone was unreachable when this publication called for a comment.


Meanwhile, Kandorozu said the Otjozondjupa regional council did not resolve on who should be part of the panel to conduct the interview.


“I only received an SMS from the chairperson that the interview is on the 16th of November 2018 at the boardroom of the ministry of urban and rural development and that was the first time that I also got the list of panelists, who, by my knowledge are supposed to be endorsed by council as they are performing a duty on behalf of council,” said Kandorozu.


He said they have received some complaints from disqualified candidates who want to know why they failed to make it as well as what criteria was used.


He wants the office of the PM to probe the whole recruitment process and have the position frozen “until everything is in order and in line with all recruitment policies”.